It comes days after U.S. Sen. David Perdue mocked the pronunciation of Harris' name at a Trump rally in Macon, triggering intense backlash that yielded roughly $2 million in donations for his Democratic rival, Jon Ossoff.
Harris recently returned to the campaign trail after postponing several events when two people in her entourage tested positive for the coronavirus. Her husband, Doug Emhoff, campaigned in Atlanta on Sunday and fired back at Perdue, who intentionally butchered Harris' name at the Friday rally.
“Let me help what’s-his-face pronounce this: M-V-P,” Emhoff said. “If he can’t remember her name, how about Madam Vice President?”
Democrats hope Harris, the first woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket, will help energize Black voters who form the backbone of the Democratic party in Georgia. More than 2.3 million Georgians have already voted early, and overall turnout is expected to surpass 5 million – smashing a state record.
A flurry of recent polls show Biden and Trump deadlocked in the state, which Democrats last carried in 1992, and the tight race has forced Republicans on the defensive. Trump visited Macon last week to mobilize white rural voters, his second trip to Georgia in less than a month, and his son Donald Trump Jr. had stops in Atlanta and Macon on Friday.
Harris said Democrats present a competing vision to contain a pandemic that’s killed more than 220,000 Americans.
”We’re here to talk about what Joe and I are prepared to do," she said. "We have a plan that’s about national testing, contact tracing. We have a plan that’s about supporting small businesses and supporting working families.”